Shivalingappa S. Halli, Ph.D., is Professor of Community Health at the University of Manitoba, Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.
After completing his basic education in population studies at the International Institute of Population Sciences Mumbai, he pursued his Doctoral Program at the University of Western Ontario, Canada and completed the same. During the periods of his education he published many research papers and won many awards including the prestigious Dorothy Thomas award from the Population Association of United States of America.
Soon after obtaining PhD, he joined the Department of Sociology, University of Manitoba as an Assistant Professor in 1986 and promoted to full professor in a 6 years period and has served there until 2002. In 2002 he moved to the Faculty of Medicine in the same University and serving in the capacity of Professor. During last 24 years at the University of Manitoba, he has won many awards for his outstanding contribution to research. The University of Manitoba, having recognized his contribution, awarded the prestigious Rh Award. Recently, he was also awarded the Lifetime Outstanding Contribution Award from the Canadian Sociology and Anthropology association for successfully applying the social science knowledge in the wider realm of science.
He has published or edited nine books and have contributed to several chapters and original articles in National (Canadian) and International Scientific Journals. Many of the research findings have been reviewed in national dailies and have had significant impact on policy and political arena. More recently, he has published extensively in the area HIV/AIDS in international journals as well as presented in national and international conferences.
He has been a consultant to WHO, UNDP, European Union and UNFPA. He was invited by UNDP to help understand rehabilitation issues of Kosovo refugees in Albania. He was also invited to analyze the first ever national survey on safe motherhood conducted by UNFPA in Sudan. Most recently he was involved in Mid-term Review of the European Union Funded project ($250 million) in India on the Health Sector Reform. He has also been a visiting professor in many countries in the world including Australia, Brazil and Bangladesh.
During last ten years, he has been contributing to the implementation of HIV/AIDS program supported by the Canadian Government, U.S. Government and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation. In this program, he was part of the team that designed and implemented a prevalence survey in the district of Bagalkot which highlights the need for an urgent and sustained response in Northern Karnataka. Most recently, the team is involved in supporting the state of Karnataka and India to improve maternal, neonatal and child health outcomes through the development and adoption of effective operational health system approaches within the National Rural Health Mission. As recognition of his contribution to the state of Karnataka HIV/AIDS program in India, recently the Government of Karnataka honored him with the highest civilian award, Karnataka Rajyothsava Award.